Metrolinx is proposing a super-bridge going over the CN rail lines at Strachan Avenue. Strachan is a critical access point in the City's west end to Exhibition Place and the Martin Goodman Trail. Problems surrounding the proposal identified by a City of Toronto Oct 2008 staff report include closing important cross streets, concentrating all traffic on the King/Strachan intersection and creating an uninviting and undesirable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
On May 6 TCAT's Program Director Nancy Smith Lea made two deputations at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The first was in support of the City's new walking strategy. The overall visionary aspects of the strategy got lost in the committee debate and subsequent media reports that revolved around one minor recommendation.
TCAT responded to media inquiries this week about Councillor Adam Vaughan's proposal to convert Richmond and Adelaide Streets from one-way to two-way streets. The proposal has the goal of improving both the livability and commercial function of these streets which is currently negatively impacted by the fast-moving traffic.
TCAT steering committee member Gord Brown is making a presentation to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee today in support of the City's new Walking Strategy. We are pleased to report that the City has addressed the three concerns TCAT identified previously. The Walking Strategy sets the stage for a new culture of walking in Toronto. TCAT will continue to provide input to the Public Realm office and to help wherever possible to help move this excellent plan forward.
The Spring 2009 issue of Dandyhorse, Toronto's magazine about all things cycling, has just been released. All are welcome to celebrate at the launch party, sponsored by Amsterdam’s new brew, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber. There will be DJs, cash bar, gold sprints, a silent auction, and more!
Transportation Services just announced that it has completed the Jarvis Streetscape Improvement EA Environmental Study Report. Apparently not swayed by the significant public input it received, the recommended design up for approval has no bike lanes.
If you missed New York City Commissioner of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan's talk last week, you're still in luck. Spacing Radio has uploaded this inspiring talk for their most recent podcast released yesterday. Find out about New York City's plans to transform their streets into a network of shared spaces that favour people instead of cars.
With very little fanfare, the City of Toronto has recently announced that it will launch a public bike program operational by the spring of 2010. Toronto's program is to start with approximately 3000 bicycles, which would make it the biggest installation in North America! If you're excited about the idea, you may want to join in the on-line discusssion happening on ibiketo.
In celebration of Earth Month, the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute has announced its newest resource: Making the Case for Active Transportation. This series of eight bulletins is intended for policy makers, health promoters, transportation planners, municipal decision-makers, NGOs, and the public.
The City of Toronto is proposing to widen St. Clair Avenue West between Cobalt Avenue and Mondovi Gate. Widening roads is not good city building. Almost always motivated by concern over traffic, it does nothing to reduce traffic. In the long run, in fact, widening roads increases traffic. (source: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck)
If you live in the area, please consider attending the meeting to find out more and to ensure that your views are properly represented.
The City of Toronto is undertaking an environmental assessment to present the results of alternative options to improve safety and operations for the Gardiner Expressway at Kipling Ave. and Islington Ave. Highway interchanges are especially challenging for active transportation and require vigilance in order to properly accommodate cyclists and pedestrians safely and comfortably.
Date: Thursday April 23, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 110 Jutland Rd. (near Islington Ave. and The Queensway)
On Wednesday, April 29 at 12-1:30 pm. the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is hosting a webinar featuring municipal staff and community non-profit representatives who will share their experience developing effective partnerships and planning, implementing and promoting sustainable transportation in a rural Ontario setting. More info here.
TCAT welcomes Bikes Without Borders, the most recent organization to join our growing list of supporters. Bikes Without Borders is an inspiring new organization using bikes and bike-related solutions as a tool for development in marginalized communities. Bikes Without Borders is currently working on a project to provide HIV/AIDS workers in Malawi with new bikes and bicycle ambulances. To raise money for this worthwhile project, they are holding an event on the Toronto Islands on May 30.
Policy-makers are facing demands to meet the changing mobility needs of citizens in ways which are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Sustainable Urban Transport Project and the Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-Ce) have joined efforts in the development of a training document entitled "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook". It has been written by 12 authors who are experts in different fields of cycling-inclusive development.